MIT Steel Bridge team places 5th at nationals
Moving up one place from last year’s rankings, the MIT Steel Bridge team finished fifth nationally in the 2011 Steel Bridge contest, held at Texas A&M University May 20 and 21. The 21-foot-long steel bridges are graded according to detailed rules on construction speed, lightness, economy, efficiency and display (appearance and poster). Co-captain Emily Moberg, a senior, credited the high rank on relatively strong performances in all required categories and no major failings. “We were particularly proud of our unique double pin-connections, which were very stiff,” she said. “This helped us have an efficient bridge with respect to weight and deflection.” Read a news story.